Every Monday, Elisa travels from one classroom into another to volunteer as a job coach in our JLT program. She helps our students learn job-readiness skills and prepare for employment. As a school teacher, being with our students reminds her of the many moments she spends with her own students. Often, Elisa is laughing with students and making them feel at home. She says volunteering and getting to know our students is the happiest time of her week. “There’s someone to catch them when they fall,” she adds as a reason why she volunteers.
Elisa began volunteering in 2014. After hearing about us during a service at The Journey, she began volunteering at Beyond School and worked on several of our programs before finding herself at JLT classes. With her contagious laugh and outgoing personality, Elisa is one of our most active volunteers today. She attends trainings to become a better job coach to our students and joins us at JLT graduations to support the students she has watched grow in 8 weeks. She plans to continue being a job coach and helping us out anywhere she can. “If I won the lottery, I would donate to Mission: St. Louis,” she says while laughing.